The Dixie Chicks Drop Dixie, For Chicks
The Dixie Chicks have officially changed their name. The country trio consisting of Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer, and Martie Maguire will now go by 'The Chicks.'
This was in response to their previous moniker and how it is perceived concerning racism and affiliation of slavery south.
Their website and social media handles were updated on Thursday morning to reflect the name change. A statement from the band members posted on their website reads,
"We want to meet this moment. A sincere and heartfelt thank you goes out to ‘The Chicks’ of for their gracious gesture in allowing us to share their name. We are honored to co-exist together in the world with these exceptionally talented sisters. Chicks Rock!"
Last week, Lady Antebellum changed thier name as well as a gesture to thier name being affiliated with the "antebellum south", which is has ties to slavery. Lady Antebellum used a similar agreement when they changed thier name to Lady A and discovered that Lady A was an independant Seattle artist that has been using the name for over 20 years. The Dixie Chicks and The Chicks came to a similar agreement. It is called a co-exsistence agreement and usually involves some sort of compensation.
In addition to the name change, the Chicks released a brand new single on Thursday titled "March March." The song addresses social issues including women's rights, underpaid teachers, gun rights and more. The accompanying music video features footage of current and historical protests and also acknowledges several social activists.
You may remember The then Dixie Chicks criticized the President of The United States in 2003 while overseas in London. Lead singer Natalie Maines told the audience live on stage
“Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”
This brought a ton of back lash as it was deemed inappropriate to criticize our national leader while on foreign soil. Their career has suffered ever since.
"March March," will appear on The Chicks upcoming album, 'Gaslighter', due out on July 17th.
All My Best,